Sweaty Betty's Insider's Guide to Upper East Side, NYC
Friday 27 March is an important date for Sweaty Betty USA, with the launch of its third stateside boutique in Bloomingdale’s on the Upper East Side, New York. Joining a collection of luxury fashion brands in a venue steeped in history, the new concession will be a fashionable pit stop for health-conscious locals and visitors treating themselves after a workout at nearby Soul Cycle, Flywheel, Fhitting Room and Earth Yoga. Here Sweaty Betty’s New York roadshow manager Kate rounds up some of the neighbourhood’s hotspots…
Roadshow Kate wears the Monarch Orange Athlete Vest and To The Beat Dance Leggings
Exhale – “I love pulsing it out at Exhale’s Core Fusion Barre Classes with our Bloomingdales Ambassador Elizabeth Halfpapp,” says Kate. A member of Exhale's founding team, Elizabeth leveraged years of teaching to co-create the company's highly publicised Core Fusion® program and develop Exhale's exclusive Core Fusion Yoga and Core Fusion Sport classes. Look out for her in the top US health and fitness titles, where she is frequently featured.
Earth Yoga – A beautiful neighborhood yoga studio fronted by founder Yanti Amos, Kate loves to start the day with Earth Yoga’s 7am power yoga class. Yanti is also a #TeamSB Bloomingdale’s Ambassador, and perfectly represents Sweaty Betty's multi-sport focus as an established black belt in karate.
Soul Cycle – This 63rd Street studio brings in hoards of Soul Cycle fans inspired by instructor Olivia Ward, who shot to fame after winning NBC’s Biggest Loser in the show’s 11th season. She successfully lost 50% of her bodyweight and is an inspiration to everyone on a mission to live more healthily.
Equinox – The luxury fitness centre’s flagship club, Equinox Upper East Side is a bright and beautiful gym located in the historic Barbizon building just minutes from Central Park. Work out your own way with a plethora of cardio and strength equipment, swim laps in one of the numerous pools or take a time out in its full-service spa. The group fitness studios also house some of the best classes in the city – Pilates and Barre with Cathe Thompson are always fully booked.
Eat and drink…
Atlantic Grill – After 15 years, this restaurant is still a local favorite where you can enjoy fresh seafood dishes. Equally enticing at brunch as it is at dinner.
August – August is a charming little neighbourhood restaurant, surrounded by great boutique shops. Chef Josh Eden whips up inventive new dishes for every visit. Some of the fan favourites include Honey Sirracha Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Squash Ravioli and Cauliflower Risotto.
Alice Tea Cup – An eclectic Alice in Wonderland themed tea house, this is one of Kate’s favourite haunts. Her first choice is the Indian Chai Black Tea, and fresh pastries are always available for a perfect pick-me-up. The weekend brunch is also a big hit.
Juice Generation – Spin class at Soul Cycle or Equinox is best followed by a stop at Juice Generation on 63rd and Lexington. “The Mr. Greengenes smoothie is an all-time favorite and you must try their Almond Butter Acai Bowl,” advises Kate.
Birch Coffee – Known for their amazing ice coffee, Birch Coffee always has an incredible sense of community with a free lending library and conversation cards to inspire fresh topics for those feeling interactive. Customers open to meeting new people can choose a card and approach strangers with the icebreaker of their choice.
Central Park – Sometimes the obvious choice is also the best choice. With its many paths of various difficulty levels to suit every runner, Central Park is a true urban oasis and the ultimate picture of clarity and freedom. An excellent time to run is when the park is closed to traffic, Monday through Friday from 10AM - 3PM and 7PM - 10PM, and also on the weekends starting at 7PM on Friday until 6AM on Monday. If you can't fit in a workout during these times, a runner's lane is always available.
Stop by Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street and Lexington on Friday 27 April to shop Sweaty Betty’s new Summer collection in the beautiful new boutique. As part of Bloomingdale’s Friends and Family Weekend, Bloomingdale’s card holders can also enjoy 25% off all purchases until Monday 30 March.